Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program

About Program

The Professional Development program aims to contribute to the career growth of Chicago-area PRSA, YPN and PRSSA members by providing opportunities to apply and receive complimentary admission to upcoming PRSA Chicago events, socials and workshops.

Pay it Forward

Read how the winners are utilizing the Professional Development program to Pay It Forward!

Submission Process

Click here to download the Professional Development Program application. Each application is due one week in advance of the respective PRSA Chicago event by 5 p.m. CT. All submissions can be emailed to Tanner Walters, 2018 YPN co-chair.

Rules and Regulations

  • Must be a young professional — graduated within the past five years — or active PRSSA member of a Chicago-affiliated chapter (i.e., Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, Valparaiso University).
  • If a young professional, must be a resident of Chicago, the Chicago suburbs or Northwest Indiana.
  • PRSA members and non-members may apply. Students must be current PRSSA members.
  • Can apply to multiple award levels, but may only receive one per year.
  • Attendance at awarded event is required.
  • After attending an event or joining PRSA, award winners must submit a recap (within two weeks) of “what I learned” (250–500 words), along with a headshot to be posted to the YPN Facebook page and
  • If summary is not submitted, individual will not be eligible to win future awards and may be required to repay financial obligations.

Past Honorees


Catherine Bernardi:
Lisa Borosh:
Katie Chrapla:
Allysen Geoffrey:
Lindsay Goldstein:
Mandy Klotz:
Alison Krakowiak:
Alicia Saragosa:


Emma Currens:
Chris Devadatta:
Rachel Drakulich:
Janice Gebhardt:
Jessica McNellis:
Julie Muldowney:
Alexandra Sobczak:
Camden Robertson:
Carlin Twedt:
Jacob Voss:
Krista Watson:

For More Information

For more information, email Erika Kubik or Tanner Walters, 2018 YPN co-chairs.